When a dwarf with no claim to the throne manages to overthrow the kingdom and take over, an unlikely hero steps forward and challenges his rule to the throne. Will the hero succeed - or will his defiance lead to the entire kingdom's downfall as ogres, giants, dragons, spell casters, and more converge against the kingdom and start one of the greatest wars in all of times existence?
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A world we've been waiting to see
There is a trap that fantasy writers often fall into; a classical affectation that comes across grandiose. The style sounds brilliant coming from Ian Fisher, who does a wonderful job in Dwarf: Great War Chronicles, Book 1, but it often stands in the way of genuine character building.
The world of the fantasy dwarf is one we have needed for some time. Too often the sidekick, Benningfield casts his entire world with dwarves. He builds an incredibly detailed world of dragon-riders, dwarven made traps, and battles between kings. With a cast filled with nobles, it places another barrier between the reader (listener). I had a hard time connecting with the characters. That is always difficult in a fantasy book, especially with the use of thick, tongue-twisting fantasy names.
Ian Fisher was brilliant. He was able to own the thick language and welcome me into the world.
There was a great deal of fun, and once I was able to sort out which dwarf was which, I enjoyed the world a great deal. Benningfield has created a huge world that is a blast envisioning.